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Seek serenity over stresses in Upminster

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 August 2016

Meditation class at the Thames Chase Forest Centre, with John London

Meditation class at the Thames Chase Forest Centre, with John London

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"We all have thoughts and worries about yesterday, today and tomorrow.

“When we meditate, we try to live in the moment, switching off from everyday stresses.”

At a refurbished barn in Upminster, residents are finding their inner peace at a series of meditation sessions.

John London, who leads the classes, believes meditation and yoga provide physical and mental stimulation.

He said: “It’s a wonderful combination, and I think it brings different things to different people

“It can really help people with hypertension and other health problems.

“Today, I held a class and the birds were chirping, the sun was shining and it was very affirming.”

The class is held at the Thames Cross Forest Centre and is an hour-and-a-half long. It follows the classic Indian style of yoga.

John said: “We start with a talk-led session, where I encourage people to feel relaxation throughout their whole body.”

The class consists of a meditation session in the middle, with easy warm-up exercises either side.

The class is aimed a wide range of ages and residents shouldn’t be put off if they’re a yoga novice, said John.

He said: “The exercises ensure that people don’t get stiff whilst meditating.

“We have people from their 20s upwards attending these classes and people carry out the exercises how they please.

“They can be modified to be done from a chair, or on the floor, there’s no pressure at all.”

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